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Downtown Pop Underground: New York City and the literary punks, renegade artists, DIY filmmakers, mad playwrights, and rock 'n' roll glitter queens who revolutionized culture

Downtown Pop Underground: New York City and the literary punks, renegade artists, DIY filmmakers, mad playwrights, and rock 'n' roll glitter queens who revolutionized culture

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Downtown Pop Underground: New York City and the literary punks, renegade artists, DIY filmmakers, mad playwrights, and rock 'n' roll glitter queens who revolutionized culture

Kembrew McLeod
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
October 2019

EAN: 9781419738043
ISBN: 1419738046

Synopsis: The Downtown Pop Underground presents an artistic history ofNew York City and the literary punks, renegade artists, DIY filmmakers, mad playwrights, and rock 'n' roll glitter queens who revolutionized culture.

Award-winning author Kembrew McLeod takes a kaleidoscopic tour of the city during the 1960s and early '70s and focuses on how deeply interconnected all the alternative worlds were that flourished in one square mile of downtown. These pages give life to the beat artists, gonzo filmmakers, punk musicians, and rock-and-roll drag queens who created change, and while some aren't well known, others like Patti Smith, Andy Warhol, and Debbie Harry did become icons.

Ambitious in scope and scale, the book is largely fueled by the actual voices of many of the pivotal characters who broke down the entrenched cultural divisions between high and low, gay and straight, and art and commerce--and whose impact is still largely felt today.

"A must-read for anyone who wants to know how American Bohemia really happened." --Ann Powers, critic, NPR Music

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